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Chill takes 48-hour break

Light woollens would do for the next couple of days, as a low-pressure trough coupled with a western disturbance in the north will keep the chill at bay in Jharkhand till at least Wednesday.

Formation of clouds due to two adverse weather systems triggered an abrupt surge in minimum or night readings across most parts of the state.

Night temperatures have surged in Ranchi and Jamshedpur. However, Dhanbad and Bokaro, the two other important cities of the state, are keeping their cool.

“A low-pressure trough in Madhya Pradesh is affecting Jharkhand’s weather. With this, a western disturbance in the north is resulting in cloud formation. However, satellite pictures and a chart analysis suggest that the low-pressure trough is gradually weakening,” said A.K. Singh, a senior official at Patna Meteorological Centre.

The Met office has predicted partly cloudy sky and dry weather across the state for the next 48 hours.

Weathermen have ruled out the possibility of showers, but issued a warning of moderate shallow fog in isolated pockets that will result in poor visibility in the morning.

A duty officer at the Regional Meteorological Centre in Calcutta added that relative humidity would also rise owing to this cloud formation.

“This will prevent the celsius from plunging for the next two days. Expect the nip to return by Wednesday,” the duty officer said, adding Ranchi and Jamshedpur would be 10°C and 12°C, respectively.

For now, celsius data shows Ranchi climbing a good three notches since Saturday. The minimum reading on Sunday was 13°C against 10.4°C a day before. The Sunday reading is four notches above normal.

Jamshedpur felt the warmth at 15.3°C on Sunday night, six notches above normal. On Saturday, the weather office in Jamshedpur recorded 11°C.

Daltonganj notched 14.5°C on Sunday, four points above normal. It had recorded 14°C a day before.

In Dhanbad and Bokaro, however, the difference in readings was not so pronounced.

On Sunday, the coal capital recorded a minimum of 9.5°C and that in Bokaro stood at 8.7°C — both normal.

Night temperatures rose in districts like Koderma, Dumka, Khunti, Simdega and Ramgarh. Ghatshila, Chaibasa and Seraikela in Kolhan felt comfortable at 15°C on Sunday.

These places had recorded temperatures between 12°C and 13°C on Saturday.

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